Maryland Writers' Association
Member Web Sites
Are you an MWA member who is also a published author? List your credits on this page! Just send an e-mail to the MWA webmaster with your name, website or blog URL, and a 75-word (max) "dust-jacket" blurb. We'll take care of the rest and let you know when it's posted here.
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Ann Roscopf Allen
A former Salisbury University English instructor, Ann Roscopf Allen researched an unbelievable true story from her native Arkansas to create the suspenseful and scandal-filled historical novel, A Serpent Cherished. Beautiful, greedy, and vengeful, the widow of a famous Confederate general seizes the plantation of her married lover, resulting in a series of highly publicized lawsuits and a noontime murder in downtown Memphis.
J. Christoph Amberger
Chris Amberger looks back on a 20-plus year career in financial publishing. Growing up in Cold-War West Berlin and educated in Germany and Scotland, he moved to Baltimore in 1989. An avid competitive fencer, he is considered one of the foremost authorities on Western swordplay. His The Secret History of the Sword (1998) is a perennial bestseller of Western combatives historiography. In 2009, Amberger made his debut as a novelist with his complex conspiracy thriller The Lazarus Smile.
Tia Silverthorne Bach
Tia Silverthorne Bach recently moved to Maryland and her novel, Depression Cookies, is a coming of age story woven around the heart of family triumph. It is told from two distinct vantage points, middle-aged mother and her teenage daughter.
Abby is buckling under the weight of a husband climbing the corporate ladder, three daughters, a mother teetering on losing it, and family health issues. Krista, thirteen, is battling acne and low self-esteem, when her father waltzes in and announces the family is moving again..
Iain S. Baird
Iain S. Baird is the author of TWO STORMS: Prostate Cancer and Katrina in New Orleans. He is an award winning writer published in numerous literary magazines in the United States and abroad and is listed in the Poets and Writers' Directory. He divides his time among Annapolis, New Orleans, and the Panhandle of Florida.
A bowline (boh-lin) is an ancient knot which forms a loop that won't slip or jam, but comes loose when you need it to. The running bowline takes a strong knot and gives it the ability to loop around all things great and small. My writing may not be as sturdy, but it's good inspiration. Read what you find here, pass it on, and always feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com
I am an aquatic ecologist turned author. My books are action/adventure novels based on environmental or ecological mysteries. I have two books: The Kenai Catastrophe, which takes place in Alaska, and Blue Water, Blue Island, which takes place in Hawaii. Blue Water, Blue Island won first place in the MWA 2003 contest for Best Action/Adventure genre.
Robin Bayne is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and inspirational fiction. Visit her site and be sure to enter the drawing for a Ty Beanie Baby.
Edward Belfar is the author of Wanderers, a collection of short stories published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2012. His fiction has also appeared in Shenandoah, Tampa Review, Confrontation, Natural Bridge, and numerous other publications. and his story "Errors" was chosen as the winning entry in the Sport Literature Association's 2008 fiction competition. A native of Long Island, NY, he now lives with his wife in Maryland and works as a writer and editor.
Jane Gardner Birch
Jane Gardner Birch, from Hermitage, PA., graduated from Kent State University and lives in Crownsville. Jane received the National Aviation Hall of Fame's 2007 Combs Gates Award for They Flew Proud, her first book, for its outstanding contribution to aviation and military history. They Flew Proud tells the story of the little know program that provided pilot power for WWII: the Civilian Pilot Training Program: her father Gardner Birch, was one of the CPTP's instructors.
Beth Blevins offers essays on writing, blogging and getting published on her blog, Writing Home, as well as interviews with writers. Check the blog regularly for Call-Outs (requests for submissions) to writers on topics ranging from rejection to tracking submissions.
Beth has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance feature writer, librarian and editor, as well as a waitress, vegetarian cook and bookstore cashier. She published the little magazine, a very small magazine, for more than a decade.
Ann is an expressive arts coach and learning specialist with over fifteen years' experience in education, linguistics, learning disabilities, and creative arts therapy. She designs programs for adults experiencing life transitions who desire to make important changes in their personal and professional lives. For adolescents, Ann designs both self discovery and academic programs focused on writing and organization. All programs involve a skillful blend of journaling, improv, and poetry.
K.S. Brooks is an award winning novelist, photographer and poet. Her first novel, Lust for Danger, was published in 2001, and its novella prequel, The Kiss of Night, in 2010. Ms. Brooks has also authored two children's books: The Mighty Oak and Me (2009), and Postcards from Mr. Pish (slated for Q2 2010). Her articles, photographs, poetry, and blogs can be found in books, magazines, newspapers, galleries, and web sites worldwide.
Mindie Burgoyne is the author of three books, most recently, Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales From East of the Chesapeake published by History Press. Her writing focuses on destinations, travel, spirituality and self improvement. Additionally she is a freelance writer who has authored a monthly column for a Gannett newspaper as well as published articles with Gazette newspapers, Shore Living Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine, Music News, National Catholic Reporter, Connaught Tribune, and many online publications. She lives in Marion Station in rural Somerset County, MD.
Austin S. Camacho
Austin S. Camacho is the author of three mystery novels in the Hannibal Jones series and the new action thriller, The Payback Assignment. He is active in several local writers' organizations and teaches a variety of writing classes at Anne Arundel Community College. Learn more about Camacho's writing life, read synopses and sample chapters of his novels, and read interesting essays on mysteries in general on his web site.
Christophe Casamassima / Furniture Press Books
Furniture Press is a publisher of strangely poetical texts and ephemera, all which play at (but are not limited to) intertextuality and appropriation. Some want to call it poetry, but poetry can express many differing, sometimes conflicting and contradictory concepts. This is what we thrive on: the ambiguation of art and its likenesses. Our poetics follows this process closely, and we look for similar aesthetics in the writers we choose to publish and promote. We believe that a press is a community of activity and collaboration, not just a publishing house.
"Down Home" and "Quirky" are just two of the words editors have used to describe Victoria's writing.
For twenty years, Victoria has used humor to entertain readers in her weekly newspaper columns. Throw in a pinch of bittersweet and you have life. She is currently involved in writing a series of books and screenplays entitled Cheap French Bubble Bath.
Kelly Z. Conrad
Shaman is an award-winning historical romance, written by Kelly Z. Conrad. In 2010, Shaman won the Grand Prize in the MWA's annual novel competition. Kelly lives in Hagerstown, Md. For more than 20 years, she worked in the communications field, as graphic artist and design editor, then managing editor of several corporate in-house magazines. In 2006, she earned a master's degree in mental health counseling. She is now a full-time therapist and a part-time writer. Shaman is her first novel..
Janet Cromer's memoir Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple's New Life after Brain Injury chronicles the seven year journey following her husband's cardiac arrest and anoxic brain injury which stole his ability to read, write, walk, talk, think, and remember. Together they restored many of Alan's abilities, and shaped a new identity, marriage, and meaningful life. Janet is a psychiatric RN, licensed psychotherapist, educator, and award winning medical writer.
Most experts believe a radioactive materials dirty bomb attack in the US is inevitable. I am one of them, and I earn a living consulting with Federal, state, and local authorities and private enterprise on how to prepare and respond. I have lived my life professionally doing it full time with serious intent and travelled the world watching and learning. Now I write novels, thrillers. Two published, one in progress. My website covers it all.
Relatively recent to the writing world, Jack published his first book, Buried Treasure, with Apprentice House in March, 2013. His second book, also with Apprentice House, appears in late 2013. It is titled Cattails: The Edenmist Affair. Jack works with teen writing groups, the Eldersburg Novel and Short Story Critique Group, and the Carroll County Chapter of the MWA. He live in Eldersburg with his lovely bride and three high-energy boys!
When author of popular cookbook, This Book Cooks, Kerry Dunnington isn't developing recipes in the kitchen she can be found doing presentations on How to Market Nonfiction or doing cooking demonstrations at Whole Foods markets in and around the region. Dunnington's food columns appear in baltimore eats, Baltimore SmartWoman and her biweekly weekend food column, Cooking with Kerry, appears in the Healthy Life section of the San Francisco, Baltimore, Virginia and Washington, DC Examiner.
Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis
Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis is founder and coordinator of the Maryland Writers' Association Creative Nonfiction Critique Group. Her works have appeared in literary, journalism and technical publications. She is working on 2 memoirs - one about vulnerable children, and one about the arts and letting go when your children grow up.
Nathan A. Ferguson
Nathan A. Ferguson is a writer, pilot and adventurer. He has covered Indian reservations, high-profile crime and the environment for newspapers in Utah, Wyoming and California. Currently living in Maryland, he recently finished a novel and is taking on more freelance projects. See his online portfolio.
Over 40 of Joya's stories and articles have been published in magazines and newspapers, and she's putting the finishing touches on her third novel . . . a romantic suspense. Learn more about her novels, upcoming article releases, and resources for writers.
Melissa Foster is the author of Megan's Way and Chasing Amanda. She's the founder of The Women's Nest, an online social and support community for women, and is currently working on her third fiction novel, Come Back To Me (working title). To read more about Melissa, please view her website.
Many of Tom Glenn's stories came from his undercover work in Vietnam (now declassified -- he's receiving calls from reporters). He writes about fathers and children and his work with AIDS patients, the homeless, and the dying. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Award and a Baltimore ArtScape Literary Award and won the Hackney Literary Award. The MWA awarded him an annual prize for the novel three times, including the grand prize in 2004.
Eric D. Goodman
Eric D. Goodman is a full-time writer and editor. He's been published in The Washington Post, On Stage Magazine, Travel Insights, Coloquio, The Neck of My Guitar, and The Federal Voice. He recently received an honorable mention in The Baltimore Review's annual fiction competition and has stories forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, To Be Read Aloud, Writer's Weekly and the Write Here Write Now Anthology. He's read his fiction at the Baltimore Book Festival and the Patterson Theater. His memberships include the Maryland Writers' Association, the Writers' Center, Baltimore's Creative Alliance and the International Association of Business Communicators, and he is involved with Baltimore's CityLit Project and Write Here Write Now. Eric seeks an agent to represent his novel in stories, TRACKS. Visit the website to Eric's novel at www.train-tracks.blogspot.com. And read Writeful, Eric's weblog for writers and readers at, www.writeful.blogspot.com.
Kevin John Grote
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@kevinjohngrote - Twitter
Kevin's novels are set in 18th Century in England, Scotland, and North America. Kevin grew up in Western Pennsylvania near the Chestnut Ridge, an area steeped in the French and Indian War, a few miles from Fort Ligonier, Forbes Road, Bushy Run, Hanna's Town, Fort Necessity, and Fort Duquesne. He resides in Southern Maryland. His fifth novel, Juniata, is coming in April.
Assegid is the author of Redefining Leadership: Navigating the Path from Birthright to Fulfillment in Life! He has also published articles on websites, and blogs on his personal web site. Assegid is also the Owner and Lead Consultant at Success Pathways, LLC; and the Founder and Chairman of PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org).
Louise Harris aspired to write since her youth. She published her first poem at age 12, wrote her first song at age eight, and wrote stories in her youth. She graduated from the University of Maryland College of Journalism and became an editor to further pursue her dream of writing. The 1776 Scroll is her first novel. Louise lives in Hanover, Md., with her husband, three children and two cats. Her heart remains in Philly.
John is a sculptor who also acts and directs in Community Theater. He appeared as a scurvy looking corpse and as a homeless man on Homicide and as a clothing shopper on The Wire. John likes to give poetry readings. His poetry and fiction have been published in Flesh and Blood, NFG, Cemetery Moon, Thema, BareBone, Modern Haiku, Writers Journal, Champagne Shivers, Premonitions, and over a hundred other magazines. Five of his one-act plays were produced.
Charles Ota Heller
Now a full-time writer, Charlie is a former technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and educator. His award-winning memoir, Prague: My Long Journey Home, was published by Abbott Press in December 2011. It describes his life as a "hidden child" under the Nazis, the family's escape from communism to America, and – finally – his return to his native country and a traumatic coming face-to-face with his past. The book has received the Mark of Quality for literary achievement from Writer's Digest, honorable mention for best memoir of the year at the Los Angeles Book Festival, and was a best-book finalist for the Indie Book Awards. The book was translated into Czech and published by the Czech Republic's largest publisher in April 2011. Heller has been a columnist for The Capital, Baltimore News-American, Washington Business Journal, and Daily Record. Currently, he is working on two additional memoirs, Cowboy from Prague and Ready, Fire, Aim! Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror.
Bobbie has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and is right at home when it comes to children's literature. She is currently writing a series of children's books about the fanciful world of fairies. She has discovered some of the less practical and more magical explanations for some mysterious "happenings." After all, who better to blame it on than the fairies? The first book in the series is The Knot Fairy, about a tiny fairy who visits children while they sleep and is responsible for the knots and tangles in their hair.
Bobbie is also the author of seven successful cookbooks, including the Lean & Luscious series and The Meatless Gourmet series.
Peter Hruby taught for thirty years in Australia and after years of research in Czech, American & Australian archives published his 3rd book in English (several in Czech) on successful Czechoslovak and Soviet agents who during the Cold War helped prominent Australian historians, journalists, politicians & writers to entertain illusions about the bliss of Communism to reach by a revolution: Dangerous Dreamers: The Australian Anti-Democratic Left and Czechoslovak Agents (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2010). Easy to read, well documented spies stories.
Terry is a recovering journalist with a checkered 40-year history of working in every area of television news in Washington. His first book, COURIER, which is about a motorcycle courier delivering newsfilm in 1972, has just been purchased by Angry Robot Books' ExhibitA imprint for publication in 2014. Terry's second book, WARRIOR, will be published in 2015. He's won multiple Emmy's, Peabodys, DuPonts and Tellys and is hoping that his latest documentary script ("Rescue in the Philippines") could be up for an Oscar. Terry is available for hire as a manuscript editor, ghostwriter, or scriptwriter.
Frank S. Joseph
Frank S. Joseph's first novel, TO LOVE MERCY, was published in 2006 by Mid-Atlantic Highlands. It has won six national awards and gone into a second printing. He is at work on two sequels, TO WALK HUMBLY and TO DO JUSTICE. Frank has been a Washington Post and Associated Press journalist, publisher, direct marketer, and copywriter. He and his wife Carol are the parents of Sam and Shawn. They live in Chevy Chase MD.
Check out my website for my books. I write Romantic suspense.
Al Karasa is an eclectic writer in subjects ranging from maritime fiction to heraldic sciences. His books include Sidney's Pub (2007), Firehead's Malice (2003), Drive Smart! (2001), and Sherridan's Rain (1995). His work has been seen in national magazines for over 25 years. He was a columnist for The Courier and at MCA Magazine and has been locally featured in Chesapeake Bay and Maryland Life. Lament: "So many hobbies, so little time."
Pete is a published author of several poems, a short story, and the award-winning novel, Dauntless Homecoming. He also leads a Messianic Congregation, and works as a principal research scientist at a major defense contractor. He has been married over 30 years, and lives with his wife and two attitude-enhanced small dogs in their home in Maryland. He has one son who is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Based in Annapolis, Paul Lagasse is an award-winning freelance writer whose articles have appeared in a wide range of periodicals and on the Web. He also provides technical writing and editing services to private, non-profit, and government clients. His young-adult novel Seeing Through Clouds, set in the late 1930s in Nazi Germany, provides a unique perspective on an important historical period.
Emma Larkins has a dream: to make a living as a published author. Her publication credits include a story titled "Midsummer Disc Dreams" in the outdoor literary magazine In the Mist, an ongoing feature at the Blood-Red Pencil Blog (http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com), and an article called "The Writer's Passion" on the Feminine Aspects website. She's currently working on getting short stories published, connecting with the writing and publishing community online, and writing her first novel.
Deliah Lawrence is an attorney who enjoys creative writing. Her debut novel, Gotta Let It Go, is a romantic-suspense thriller set in the heart of Baltimore. What happens throughout the book is a roller coaster ride filled with shocking twists and turns that will leave you wanting more. To read an excerpt, order a copy, or sign the guest book, visit her website today!
Joan lives in Pasadena, is a mother of two, and is an ER physician at BWMC. She has written for Bay Weekly, The Capital, and the Maryland Gazette. Her latest project is her POD novel, Heaven Below, set in Baltimore and Shady Side, Maryland during the Great Depression. Her next project, Don't Move Lily, recounts her medical training in the hills and hollers of West Virginia, featuring her 800 pound patient.
Sonia L. Linebaugh
Sonia L. Linebaugh is a freelance writer and artist. Her book At the Feet of Mother Meera: The Lessons of Silence goes straight to the heart of the Westerner's dilemma: How can we live fully as both spiritual and material beings? Sonia is working on another book and also writes short stories. She has served as editor of MWA's Pen in Hand and e-Newswire.
Loree Lough has 70 books, 62 stories, and 2,500+ articles in print. Known for edgy, heart-tugging adventures, her stories have earned dozens of industry awards. In October of '09, she signed contracts for 8 more books to be released by year-end '11, and she has fingers crossed that projects under consideration at other houses will inspire the same results.
Born Texan, Newt Love grew up Californian, leaving home at sixteen. A former Marine, he read theology in college, changed to physics, then dropped out to join a Silicon Valley start-up. He quit to surf a Florida hurricane season, watching every sunset of 1981. He took a degree in math/economics then worked military war-games. He sold a contata and is writing Sitting Bull, an opera. As an author, he's sold 3 novels to 2 publishers.
Diane Marquette is the author of five published novels as well as more than 150 freelance articles, which have been published in local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines. Three of her books (In Over My Head, Too Close For Words, and Suitable For Framing) are from her Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series. Her two stand-alone novels are Almost Mine and Good Fridays. Read the first chapter and synopsis for each book on Diane’s website. Diane is also a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and is a past officer in the Eastern Shore Writers Association. She has helped coordinate the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference for ten years.
Larry Matthews is a former broadcast journalist with thirty-five years experience as a radio/television reporter/anchor/editor/producer. Larry is the recipient of The George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, the Dupont/Columbia Citation, and other national and regional awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Larry is a novelist whose Dave Haggard thriller series calls upon his time as a radio street reporter in Washington. He is also the author of two character-driven novels, Healing Charles and Saving Charles, as well as a memoir of his time in broadcasting.
Author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books), Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (Milkweed Editions), editor Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press), Sky Over El Nido (U Georgia Press) and Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs (Dancing Chiva).
Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from the dystopian world of From the Herald's Wearied Eye to her epic fantasy series The Tales of Dominhydor. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband Dave who serves as constant support and inspiration in life and writing alike. Read more on her website and follow her updates on Facebook.
Eileen Haavik McIntire
Eileen is former MWA membership chair and current secretary. She is the author of two novels, Shadow of the Rock, a historical novel, and The 90s Club & the Hidden Staircase, a cozy mystery. She and her husband Dr. Roger McIntire, own Summit Crossroads Press, which publishes parenting books, and its imprint, Amanita Books, which publishes fiction. She is a past president of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Assn.
Roger W. McIntire, Ph.D.
Dr. McIntire's award-winning books for parents are practical, readable, reassuring and published in ten languages worldwide. Parent Council calls his book, Raising Good Kids in Tough Times, "Outstanding." The Virginia School Counselor Association applauds his book, Teenagers & Parents, as "a very valuable resource for high school counselors to use with parents." His website features a new tip for parents each month, an online bookstore for parents, a tips archive, and a resources page.
Jennifer C. McKelvey
Jennifer McKelvey was born and raised in small-town Attapulgus, Georgia. She graduated college with a BBA in Marketing and later a MPA while was stationed in the U. S. Army in Pennsylvania. After moving to Maryland, she wrote her book Becoming a Woman of Substance, which is a triumphant tale of an ugly duckling from a small town blossoming into a beautiful swan trying to survive in the big city.
Rosemary and Larry Mild
Award-winning coauthors of the Paco and Molly Murder Mysteries: Boston Scream Pie, just out -- a harrowing tale of twins and their vicious feuding families; Locks & Cream Cheese -- murder and larceny in a Chesapeake Bay mansion; and Hot Grudge Sunday -- conspirators disrupt the sleuths' honeymoon out West. Rosemary authored Miriam's Gift: A Mother's Blessings -- Then and Now, a memoir about the joyous life of their daughter killed by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Alix Moore is a clairvoyant poet and teacher whose passion is exploring ways to live as a spiritual being in all areas of her life. She shares her insights about divine creativity in her blog www.tappingthewellwithin.com, and she writes about teaching at www.theconsciousclassroom.com. Her first book, Tapping the Well Within: Writing from Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy, is due out this summer.
B. Morrison writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Here at Least, her recent collection of poetry, is now available from Cottey House Press. The award-winning writer lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and travels widely. Visit her website for more information and to join her mailing
list. Also, check out her Monday morning book blog at www.bmorrison.com/blog and start each week by talking about books.
I am the author of Angel Cafe, a Paraview Pocket book published by Simon & Schuster (other books to follow.) I'd love to hear from you; learn about me and my book, then post a message or send me an email.
Sherry Audette Morrow
Published three times per year by MWA member Sherry Audette Morrow, Scribble features poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction from both established and emerging writers from around the globe. Each year, Scribble features the winners of MWA's Short Works Contest. You can find information on how to submit your work for publication and information on ordering additional copies or back issues at the Scribble website.
Mohamed Mughal writes in the schools of literary cubism and absurdism. Visit Mohamed's blog at mohamedmughal.blogspot.com.
Anarda Nashai is a poet, fiction writer, research associate, and a collector of unique handbags. Having published her first collection of poetry, School Girl: Poetry and Prose of a Pre and Post Adolescent, she is currently working on several literary projects. Her interests include watching international films and documentaries, psychology, international women's rights, and of course: READING and WRITING. To read excepts of her work, please visit her website.
Born in India, Lalita Noronha earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology, and is research scientist, writer, poet and teacher at St. Paul's School for Girls. Her literary work has been widely published (Baltimore Sun, Crab Orchard Review, Catholic Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Get Well Wishes, and 2001: A Science Poetry Anthology). She has received awards from Maryland State Arts Council (Literary Arts and Individual Artist), City Paper, and National League of American Pen Women. She is a fiction editor for The Baltimore Review and the author of a short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry
Laura Oliver, M.F.A., is the author of The Story Within, New Insights and Inspiration for Writers, (Penguin Books, 2011) and publishes short stories and essays in national magazines, newspapers and literary reviews. Having taught creative writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, she currently teaches writing workshops at St. John’s College and for The Writer’s Center. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Award in fiction.
Author of the critically acclaimed Dead Light, thriller writer Mike Pace is a former federal prosecutor who lives on the bay and is a member of MWA's Annapolis chapter.
The Adventures of Main Man, A Child's View of the World is a newborn baby's view of the world, as a baby sees it. The story is of value to parents as it follows the child development stages of newborn babies in their first year. Young children will love it since it parallels their path to "growing up."
Ron started writing as part of his job with the city. What started out as a boring chronology of water contracts, turned into a life changing experience. Sorting through old files and photographic negatives, a passion for history was born. At first, Ron published a photo book on the Loch Raven Tunnel, then an account of a tunnel explosion where miners were killed (murdered?). He has just finished his autobiography and is working on Fluorine Dreams, a young adult fantasy.
Ally E. Peltier
Ally E. Peltier is an editor, writer, and publishing consultant for individuals and businesses such as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kaplan Publishing, Chronicle Books, and more. Ally formerly acquired and edited books for Touchstone Fireside/Simon & Schuster and has published articles in a variety of venues, including The Writer, Writer's Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, and ConsumerSearch.com. A Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing, Ally also ghostauthors nonfiction books and teaches workshops for writers. Learn more at www.ambitiousenterprises.com.
Lisa Veronica Pires
Lisa Veronica Pires is the author of The Portrait, an ebook for teens published by Gypsy Shadow. Awarded an Eileen Spinelli Scholarship in 2011, she is a MFA candidate with Spalding University specializing in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Cynthia Polansky (aka Cynthia P. Gallagher)
Cindy is the award-winning author of novels Far Above Rubies and Remote Control, and 5 dog-breed reference books (as Cynthia P. Gallagher). Other published work includes several Chicken Soup anthologies, educational video scripts, and magazine articles. Cindy tutors writing at USNA and WyzAnt.com, and is currently working on a pop-reference book on the history of human body odor entitled WHIFF: Human Aroma Through the Ages. Check out her weekly blog, Crossing Polansky: The Blog About Everything.
Carl Rauscher grew up somewhere between Wisconsin and Iowa, not very far from the Mississippi River, where he dreamed of far-off worlds and their strange inhabitants. He enlisted in the U.S. military and traveled all over, learning that those far-off worlds weren't very far away and sometimes the real world was stranger than anything he dared imagine.
These days, Carl can be found in Maryland alternating between life as a management analyst at a federal agency, and being a husband and father at home, happily sharing stories and solving problems as the situation requires. His novel, Reboot - a post-apocalyptic tale of hope, won second place in MWA's 2010 Novel Contest.
Melody Ravert, Christian author of The Shadow Stalker and The Nightwolf series, nominated 'VIP Woman of the Year' by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) 2009-2010 is a member of the Maryland Writers' Association and is currently serving as a judge for the MWA Novel Contest. Ms. Ravert has written several articles for publications and is an examiner for Examiner.com.She is Founder of MJR Publications, LLC, which specializes in Christian fiction and non-fiction.
Two larger than life generals, a distressing damsel and the tragic love story that inspired Shakespeare -- these are just the highlights of Forged By Lightning: A Novel of Hannibal and Scipio. This action packed historical fiction novel plunges the reader into history so detailed you can almost smell the incense.
Angela Render has long had a passion for history and martial arts. With an emphasis on ancient civilizations, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University. Her continuing studies have included the history of costume, weapons, religion and warfare. She enjoys traveling the world with her husband and daughter when she's not at home in Maryland tending to her yard or renovating her house.
Dan Riker, a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, has been a journalist (with UPI in Baltimore and Washington), a telecommunications executive (MCI, Pocket Communications, Inc.), a bookseller (Basset Books LLC), and has published his first novel, A Light Not of this World. Set in the near future, A Light Not of this World is a fast-paced thriller, based on historical and contemporary events, that shows what could happen if terrorists obtain nuclear weapons.
Betsy A. Riley
Imprint: Blue Dragon Press
Betsy A. Riley is a multi-genre writer and artist with several pen names. So far in 2012, she has been published in Empirical Magazine, Pen in Hand, SNM Horror Magazine, SNM Dark Poetry, the anthology Latitude on 2nd, and won several flash fiction contests. Betsy writes non-fiction, poetry, and fiction. Her blog "Just One Thing..." is linked from her website. Upcoming anthology appearances include That One Left Shoe, Zombies Gone Wild! and Bonded by Blood V.
Erika Robuck was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. Inspired by the cobblestones, old churches, Georgian homes, and mingling of past and present from the Eastern Shore, to the Annapolis City Dock, to the Baltimore Harbor, her passion for history is well nourished. Her first novel, RECEIVE ME FALLING, is a best books awards finalist in historical fiction from USA Book News, and her second novel, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, has been acquired by NAL/Penguin and is scheduled for publication in September, 2012.
Erika is a contributor to popular fiction blog, Writer Unboxed, has guest blogged on Jane Friedman’s There Are No Rules, and maintains her own blog called "Muse". She is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, The Hemingway Society, and The Historical Novel Society. She spends her time on the East Coast with her husband and three sons.
Steve Rossman uses constructive critique, providing positive manuscript feedback that pinpoints weaknesses, with suggestions for character development.
Working in the publishing, medical, and academic industries for over 20 years, Steve is an editor and proofreader who specializes in fiction and educational workbooks, dissertations, and magazines. Clients include Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and TBC. "Impressed" and "thrilled" with Steve's attention to detail, clients are well-served by his excellent copyediting abilities -- consistency, usage, and coherency being of prime importance.
Beth Rubin is an award-winning writer/author and editor based in Annapolis. Visit her site for excerpts from her prize-winning novel, Split Ends, info about her guidebooks to Washington, D.C. and other projects.
Mona is a contribution author to An American Crisis: Veterans' Unemployment. Information on the book is available at Amazon.com and at www.veteransunemploymentbook.com. Mona is also the author of Lead With Your Gifts: Why Who You Are, Not a Label, Defines You As A Leader, which is due out in summer 2013. Mona lives in Point of Rocks, MD.
Adele Steiner Brown
Adele Steiner Brown is a poet, writer, and teacher. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Maryland. She is currently an instructor at Montgomery College, a poet in the schools with the Maryland State Arts Council, an instructor for The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and she is a veteran artist-in-residence at Georgetown University Hospital. She is currently the host of the Café Muse Poetry Reading Series in Chevy Chase, MD, and she has read and participated in numerous panel discussions in the Washington, DC
area. Her poetry has won awards from The Maryland Poetry Review and Promise Magazine. She has been published in Gargoyle, So To Speak, Wordwrights; Smartish Pace; Innisfree; The Black Buzzard Review; Scribble; The Lucid Stone; anthologies from The Wising Up Press; and the Maryland Writers’ Association, a chapbook, Refracted Love; two full-length books of poetry, Freshwater Pearls and The Moon Lighting; and a book of poetry writing workshops for young people, Look Ma, "Hands" on Poetry.
Karen L. Syed, aka Alexis Hart
Karen L. Syed is the owner of Echelon Press Publishing. She has seen seven of her novels in print and published more than 200 novels and short stories by other authors. She is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and has served on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Writers' Association.
I am fascinated by the "space-in-between" or the Bardo. Although originally taken from Tibetan Buddhist thought, in my science writing I seek to understand the reciprocal influence of medicinally important plant root compounds and rhizosphere fungi have on the quality of botanical medicine , including wine. As a poet, my efforts focus on the joy of the language naming those experiences that have no name. I welcome your collaboration!
Please explore my blog, Bardo’s Calculus.
Pat Valdata writes novels, poems and nonfiction. Her publications include the novels The Other Sister (Plain View Press, 2008), Crosswind (Wind Canyon Publishing, 1997) and the poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve (Pecan Grove Press, 2002). Pat received an MFA in writing from Goddard College and is an adjunct associate professor for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
David Warfield is a screenwriter, teacher, and story consultant. Recent projects include Linewatch (2008), starring Cuba Gooding Jr., released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Other produced film credits include Ocean Park and Kill Me Again, as well as shows for the History Channel. He has had numerous short stories published and teaches film at Loyola College and other institutions. He holds an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, and is a member of the WGAW.
Bridget Bell Webber
McLeary's Mulligan, Bridget's debut novel, was named finalist in the USA Book News "Best Books 2004" Awards for mystery/suspense. To read an excerpt, order a copy, send a message, or enter a contest to win free golf balls, visit her site today!
B. Swangin Webster
B. Swangin Webster is a native of Washington, DC. Her love of writing has always been with her and she encourages everyone she comes into contact with to read. She is the author of two novels. Her first novel, Let Me Just Say This, debuted in January 2009 and the sequel, And Again Let Me Say This, was released in October 2009. Her name is as unique as she is and she loves to hear people's definition of it.
D.L. Wilson has written feature articles for Writer's Digest and The Writer magazines as well as a university textbook on the fashion industry, Apparel Merchandising -- The Line Starts Here.
Wilson's extensive international travel as a business executive, consultant, and educator spawned a fascination with world cultures, exotic locales, diverse religious beliefs, and foreign governments. He found the perfect outlet for his interests in the captivating world of fiction. His first suspense thriller, Unholy Grail (Berkley), reached the top ten in the U.S. Nielsen Bookscan ratings and is translated into five foreign languages. Bestselling author Clive Cussler says Unholy Grail is "A tale rich with intrigue that grips the imagination. A must read."
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Writer & illustrator, Vonnie Winslow Crist, shares her passion for the magical in The Greener Forest. Maples sing in angel-song. Spriggans wreak havoc at an amusement park. A scarecrow finds love. And a tree root sends a woman into a giant's arms. Turn the pages and discover where Faerie and the everyday world collide.
Her other books include: Essential Fables, River of Stars, Leprechaun Cake & Other Tales, Sideshow by the Sea, Assassins, and Bells.
Free lance writer and photographer and author of YOSEMITE - CATCHING THE LIGHT, copyright 2011. Wilson is a published author of short fiction, nonfiction articles, and Chairman of The Delmarva Review. He is active in the writing community in Washington, DC and on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Cindy Young-Turner's debut fantasy novel, Thief of Hope, was published in May 2011 by Crescent Moon Press. Thief of Hope is a 2012 EPIC ebook award finalist. Cindy is a technical editor and is active in two MWA critique groups.